While I’m away for a quick sabbatical, check out this lifehack on what to do when your fitted sheets give you the finger.
I hear this complaint often from family members, friends, and clients alike. Folding a fitted sheets is like wrestling with a boa constrictor. The end result is not good and you come up with the short end of the stick, er, lumpy sheet.
Now, some of you may not care about this, but if you’re interested in taking advantage of this lifehack on how to properly fold a fitted sheet AND hang on to your brain cells, you should check out this very funny Martha Stewart video.
So, you know I’m all for passwords, but I recently learned that changing them frequently is a bit of a waste. You actually need a group of tools to keep your e-stuff safe. You can read more about that here.
Get the Internet Password Organizer
You’re all probably familiar with finding flights by using Travelocity, Kyak, Priceline, and Expedia, to name a few. Did you know about AirfareWatchdog.com? All you have to do is sign up for low fare alerts (sent to your inbox) to your favorite cities. No airline is off limits so you’ll get to travel on your preferred carrier. Quick, easy, and simple.
If you’re struggling with your to do list, take a minute to get to know it a little bit. Understand it’s landscape and what should be on it. And, most importantly, what shouldn’t make it to your list at all.
To help you enhance your relationship with your to do list, I’m sharing this bit of advice from Merlin Mann’s 43Folders.com. This is just a snippet, so click on the link at the end to get more in-depth info.
Anatomy of a To-do
The primary idea of a to-do is that it’s a task that can and should be done–a point that might seem obvious until you start uncovering how many of the items on your to-do list may not belong there (or, conversely, how many uncaptured items do). The best and most useful to-dos share common qualities:
• it’s a physical action
• it can be accomplished at a sitting
• it supports valuable progress toward a recognized goal
• it’s something for which you are the most appropriate person for the job
Glancing at your own to-do list, do you see any potential troublemakers? Notice any items that make you squeamish? Any mystery meat tasks that seem “un-doable” as is?
Have you stopped and smelled the petunias lately? They’re probably not around anymore, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take a couple minutes to stop and just be…to do something – no matter how small – for you. Sometimes, it’s the little things that make our day great. Profound. Awesome. Just fabulous.
I recently watched a video by Scott McKain (awesome fella) who reminded viewers to take the time to make each day count. From the looks of things, he added an extra day to a business trip and spent some time at the beach. Nothing special. Just a beach. But, I’m sure there was a whole lotta relaxation that worked wonders for his well-being. Which means that if he’s happy, then everyone around him will be happy, too.
Here’s a snippet of what he had to say…
“Just do what it takes to not miss the good stuff in life. To find little things that you can do along the way…that make an incredible difference that helps center you, that helps get you back on track…that helps remind you of the things that are really important…”
…and for the rest of his message, check out his video…
If you celebrated Halloween, you probably have a couple of pumpkins (not to mention left over candy) laying around. Earth911.com thinks there are other things you can do with those pumpkins besides throwing them in the trash, like recycle them.
Here are some ways you can do that:
#1 Make a Puree. Why would you need a puree? If you make pumpkin pies, the puree will come in handy. Whip up a batch and freeze it for when you need it.
#4 Make Your Own Latte. If you like lattes (like I do), try adding a little pumpkin. It’s not my thing. I prefer vanilla, but if you normally make a trip to Starbucks to get a Pumpkin Spice latte, try making your own.
#5 Use Pumpkin Guts to Make Pasta. Gutting a pumpkin might sound messy and it probably is, but it might add a new twist your pasta.
#8 Make a Scrub. Hmmm…this one surprised me. I didn’t think pumpkin guts could scrub anything. And they don’t. You need to add a bit of sugar, but the vitamins in your gourd will make your skin feel fab. If I had pumpkins, I’d definitely try this one.
Ok, folks, here’s a no fluff, get-straight-to-it kind of post. Do these three things and your life WILL BE easier.
1. Frequently Used Numbers. Whether your a tech or paper gal, do this and you will forever grateful. Post numbers you call often next to the phone in your house (if you still have a landline) or office. Yes, you can store them in your smart phone’s notes app, but what happens if your battery dies or you drop your phone in the toilet? Keep a mini copy in your wallet, just in case.
2. Every Day Stuff. Keep the things you use daily (think keys, purse, man bag, favorite shoes, etc.) in the SAME place ALL the time. This will shave a few minutes off your day and save you from pulling out your hair.
3. Your To Do’s. Write them down! Yes, you can put them in your smart phone, but the point is don’t rely on your memory. You’ll end up with egg on your face because you’ll forget.
Ok, now off you go.
With all the choices we have when we go shopping, it can be very overwhelming to pick the right product. Let GoodGuide.com help take away the brain pain.
They rate products on a scale of one to ten based on health, environment, and social responsibility across several types of products including:
• Babies & Kids
With GoodGuide, you can choose the criteria that’s most important to you so you can make the right selection for your family and lifestyle. Use GoodGuide’s mobile app (iPhone & Android) for when you’re on the go, or use the Transparency Toolbar when you’re making purchases online.
Learn more about how GoodGuide works
Yesterday’s blog post focused on mommy wars, but today we’re offering a little support for all moms, especially those who travel with their kidlets.
I know what I go through when I have to pack up my pooch when we’re going to visit with friends. It’s a production and I can’t imagine packing him up for a plane ride. If you replace the pet with a child, that kicks things up a notch.
This is where DeliciousBaby.com comes to the rescue. The site offers help on a variety of topics, including:
• Travel Toys
• Preparing Kids for Travel
• Travel Documents
• Jet Lag
• Baby Proofing Hotels
Incidentally, the site was created by a woman named Debbie…nice name. ;) Check out the website and leave a comment with your tips for traveling with children.
Do hate going to the store or supermarket? The bustle of people in your store a bit too much for you? Then don’t do it. Click and pick up instead. Choose your stuff online and let the store staff pull them from the shelves so that they’re ready when you go to pick them up.
That’s what I did recently with Sam’s Club. On Sunday, I placed my order online and picked everything up at the store this morning. Efficient. Convenient. Tidy. Neat. And someone else did the heavy lifting.
It’s not only Sam’s Club that does this. So, does The Container Store and…
• Best Buy
• Harris Teeter
• Barnes & Noble
• Home Depot
This is a short list, but I’m sure there are others. Do you click and pick up? Let us know how it works for you.